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IE9 for Windows Phone 7: Adobe Flash, demos and development [Videos]

Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft held a developers day seminar that covered some old ground, but also lots of new stuff as well. One of the talks was presented by Microsoft's Joe Marini, Principal Program Manager, Windows Phone and it dealt with IE9 on Windows Phone.

IE9 was just introduced as an upcoming feature for Windows Phone, presumably in the 'Mango' update. While some of it was discussed during Ballmer's keynote, the nitty-gritty was given to Marini, who gave an excellent talk on all things IE9 and IE9 for Windows Phone.

The question about Adobe Flash was of course asked and so far, it doesn't sound like anything is close to being released:

So the questions is, are we going to support Flash in IE9 for Windows Phone

We are working with Adobe, but it has not yet been decided the last time I checked--part of that is Adobe is doing what they have to do and we're doing what we have to do. The last I checked the team is working with them but I don't think they have any announcement whether it's going to definitely work or not.

We also asked Marini about updating IE9 independently of the OS--something that was mentioned nearly a year ago, specifically does this feature exist/will Microsoft be using it? The good news is that the feature is still there:

One of the great things of Windows Phone 7 is we now have the ability to push out updates independently of the OS. We haven't announced what that schedule is going to be, but as we get closer to the release date they'll have more to say about that, but we're paying very close attention as to the best way to do that

Finally, the big stuff. After the break you can watch two excellent videos: (1) A seven-minute presentation on IE9 for Windows Phone 7 including all the standards, support and design implementation--a must for developers (2) A short demo of some HTML5 rendering on a live Windows Phone running IE9...

Marini walks us through on what IE9 on Windows Phone supports

HTML5 demonstration--anyone noticed the address bar is at the bottom now?

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Hopefully the address bar location isn't final. It could be that the interface was thrown together quickly and the IE Mobile 9 UI isn't finish.

It's probably just for the demo and nothing else, seeing how the other icons disappeared (bookmarks, etc.).

In that video with the iPhone 4, they did slide up the menu for a brief moment and if you pause it quick enough, you can see the menu now has items for tabs, favorites and add to favorites. So yes, the buttons on that used to be on the application bar are now move into the menu. I don't really like this scheme either, I hope they at least have a toggle to place the address either at the top or the bottom.I think they did it for minimalism... think about it, more space for websites, less for UI clutter. kind of like IE9 from ie8

in a way address bar on the bottom make sense from the way we hold the phone. I kind of like the fact that its at the bottom. i think its easier to each that way. but i hope this wont add extra step to get to fav. and tabs.

I noticed the relocation of the address bar since the video of the fish demonstration with the iPhone 4 first happened. How exactly is that going to work with the address bar in the application bar? I hope it's not going to take an extra tap into the "extended menu" to get to the browser tabs.

In that video with the iPhone 4, they did slide up the menu for a brief moment and if you pause it quick enough, you can see the menu now has items for tabs, favorites and add to favorites. So yes, the buttons on that used to be on the application bar are now move into the menu. I don't really like this scheme either, I hope they at least have a toggle to place the address either at the top or the bottom.

I believe I have some info on that...have to go through the audio notes, videos (it was an 8 hour session, still triaging everything--plus just got back from Spain a few hours ago)

I like the address bar at the bottom and, most of all, the bigger refresh button. I think it's easier to access if you're holding the phone with one hand and using your thumb etc. As for the other buttons, I dunno, I don't tend to go tab happy on my phone at this point. At the most I have 2, maybe 3 tabs open at one time, but we'll see what the options are and how it will look when the update goes final. Right now that's just the beta UI so who knows?*edit*After watching the 2nd video you notice how he takes the phone off of the projector so we can't see the rest of the UI in action? I find that kinda interesting, wonder what else they're hidding?

The address bar on the bottom was in some of the old Windows Mobile 7 mockups. It makes more sense to me as it reduces the amount of finger travel necessary to navigate to various sites. I've got fairly long finger and I still have a bit of trouble reaching the top of the 4" screen on my Focus sometimes. I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be a on a 4.3" screen.And the standards compliance and hardware acceleration of IE9 is probably slightly more exciting to me than multitasking. It should mean that we get more app-like sites without the need for apps developed for the platform. Combine this with the fact that we can pin sites to the home screen and you have a situation where the line between HTML5-coded mobile sites and dedicated apps blurs, much like the line between featurephones and smartphones. I'm really not expecting Flash support, nor do I really miss it on my phone. If tapping on a Flash video would load the video in the Zune player I'd be happy with that.

No Silverlight support for IE9? I thought they were working on that from the very beginning..The address bar at the bottom seems to be easy to reach. Especially by the way we hold our phones. I'll give that a +1.